Former restaurant owner fined for food hygiene breaches

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A former takeaway restaurant owner has been fined £4,000 for breaching Food Hygiene rules

Mr Mohammad Rashid, 60, of Stantonbury, former owner of Tasty Fried Chicken in Bletchley, pleaded guilty to two counts of breaching rules under the Food Hygiene Regulations 2006 when he appeared before Milton Keynes Magistrates on Friday. Magistrates awarded full costs of £1,712.86 to Milton Keynes Council.

The court heard that Mr Rashid has since sold the business and the new owner is complying with current food hygiene standards.

The case was bought after Regulatory Unit officers from MKC visited the restaurant after a complaint was made in September last year. They were also due to carry out a routine food hygiene inspection.

Council officers found the premises were filthy with the standard of cleanliness throughout the takeaway ‘extremely poor’.

Karen Ford, head of Regulatory Unit for MKC, said: “Despite numerous warnings the council had no choice but to take action in this case.

“We will always act quickly when we believe there is a serious risk to public health and in this case we had no choice.”